Movement on Camp Perry turbine project “rekindles” lawsuit
The American Bird Conservancy (ABC) is again joining forces with northwest Ohio’s Black Swamp Bird Observatory “on a lawsuit to block the Ohio National Guard’s plan” for a $1.5 million commercial-scale wind turbine at Camp Perry, The Toledo Blade reports. The two groups sent a “notice of intent to file the lawsuit within 60 days unless the military agrees to nix its plans” for the project, according to the article. This action is in response to a concrete foundation being laid for the turbine before a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service review of the turbine’s potential impacts has been completed. Stephanie Beougher, a public information officer for the Adjutant General’s Department in Columbus, said in a statement that the Ohio Air National Guard will continue to work to ensure that “if the project goes forward, it will be done in compliance with the applicable regulatory and legal requirements.” Michael Hutchins, ABC’s bird-smart wind energy campaign director, called the location “one of the most sensitive areas in the United States. Even a single turbine in the wrong place can have destructive impacts.” For more, read the full article.